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Aanii kina wiya!

A little bit about me

Boozhoo kina wiya! Nina ndizhnikaaz miinwaa ndaanis Naanookshkaasii zhinkaazaa. Aundeck Omni Kaning ndoonjibaak miinwaa Wiikwemikong. Anishnaabekweok ndao.

Hello everyone, my name is Nina and my daughter is called Naanookshkaasii. We are raised on the Aundeck Omni Kaning Reserve and have family ties to Wiikwemikong Unceded Reserve, respectfully, both located on beautiful Manitoulin Island. We identify as Anishnaabe Kweok (women).

As an Indigenous woman, it has come to my attention that more needs to be done for the future of our children, our language, traditions and culture. This is why I chose to name my brand after my daughter. I want to create a sustainable life for her, a legacy that she can be proud of and one that will hopefully set her up for her future so that she has the freedom to pursue anything in her life.

In the Ojibway culture the Hummingbird is considered to be one of our Thunder Beings due their ability to fly in every direction and even hover. It is with this in mind that I named my daughter and subsequent business. There are endless possibilities and endless avenues to go down and discover.

With the help of my family, we are working at creating a better world for not only my daughter but future generations, even if it's only in our own backyard. 

If you’d like to learn more, browse through the site. If you see something you like, or you want to discuss what I can do for you, feel free to contact me via the form at the bottom of the page.

YOU ARE MORE THAN ONE STORY

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” 

-  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Writer

Proud mother of a beautiful little Hummingbird who challenges me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

 

Click the link below if you'd like to see how I am changing my story.

Ontario Arts Council

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Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to receive grants from the Ontario Arts Council to help with obtaining materials to be able to pursue my passion for sewing/making traditional/contemporary Indigenous items.

The Ontario Arts Council is a provincial-based, publically funded government agency that provides funding by means of grants and services to Ontario-based artists.

There are many programs available such as Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, and multidisciplinary arts, to name a few.

 

Check out the highlight reel and link to the gallery below if you would like to see some of the creations I was able to make with the help of the Ontario Arts Council.

Click the above logo to be redirected to OAC's homepage and click apply!

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